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Scent of a Woman

1992
Drama
2h 36m
Col. Frank Slade has a very special plan for the weekend. It involves travel, women, good food, fine wine, the tango, chauffeured limousines and a loaded forty-five. And he's bringing Charlie along for the ride (imdb)
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Scent of a Woman

1992
Drama
2h 36m
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Rated 12 Jan 2014
47
17th
Spoiler Alert! Turns out it's quiet repulsion. That's the scent of a woman.
Rated 05 Feb 2009
9
93rd
I loved it. A really fast 2 1/2 hours and Al Pacino is incredible. Chris O'Donnell plays the role of a pussy really well and he later went on to perfect it in Batman & Robin. Didn't really care for the clapping at the end but that speech was great. Love that tango scene too.
Rated 19 Nov 2021
78
57th
The Citizen Kane of prep school movies. Part of that is because it shows the teen boy audience how they can help and learn from old men. And unlike other films of the subgenre it wonderfully adds class consciousness to the story. The hero (on financial aid) is surrounded by an entitled elite who want him to sell out. But it's fun too! Pacino nails all his swearing, dancing, and suicide contemplation scenes. He's so great I'm fine with him beating Denzel's Malcolm X for the Oscar. Recommended.
Rated 08 Sep 2009
52
31st
Chris O'Donnell has this quiet, subdued voice the entire movie that is so grating to me. It could mean he was very intimidated by Pacino's character, but it's more likely he just couldn't act in front of Pacino, who, although great, didn't exactly give a subtle, nuanced performance here. Many scenes could have been cut, but mainly it's terrible that the whole TWO AND A HALF HOURS ("Hoo-ah!") were leading to such a banal, Hollywood-esque climax.
Rated 09 Apr 2017
78
57th
I liked the concept, and Pacino (as usual) made his character pop off the screen wonderfully, but O'Donnell was just a wet blanket ruining every shot he was in. Plus, the script really drifted a bit too far from reality with the 70mph blind Ferrari driving scene and the courtroom-style ending. With more judicious editing this could have really been something. Although plenty of movies did the old/young man bonding thing way better.
Rated 21 Jan 2018
50
14th
A collection of non sequiturs shouted at the screen. There is roughly 15 minutes of solid, honest drama, but the running time has far too much nonsense to sustain itself.
Rated 29 Jan 2007
98
97th
In this film, it's all about the dialogue. People ask me why I rate this film so high. Two reasons: 1. Pacino and 2. the dialogue. It's interesting all the time with some of the world's cleverest one-liners. Pacino's character does a good job of noticing that you're judging him the whole time, so he'll surprise you every opportunity he gets.
Rated 11 Feb 2007
50
35th
Not to bad.
Rated 04 Mar 2007
56
7th
Anything that it does successfully is quickly undone in the last few minutes.
Rated 29 May 2008
94
95th
Hooo-ah! Absolute gem of film. Who can't feel Pacino's pain when he is in the passenger seat of the Ferrari? And who doesnt feel overwhelmed when he actually drives it? A subtle build helps you believe Pacino is blind, and the speech in the finale is genius (if marred by the over-reaction of the pupils).
Rated 18 Oct 2009
80
90th
Great Movie
Rated 04 Nov 2021
59
51st
sweet
Rated 10 Jan 2010
49
46th
Pacino's monologue on the airplane is pretty hilarious but the rest of it is so overbearingly saccharine as to give you diabetes. If you're on the fence with nothing better to watch it's arguably worth it just to see a young Philip Seymour Hoffman being a shit.
Rated 13 Feb 2010
59
9th
Hopefully no one lost a finger during Pacino's climactic bit of scenery-chewing. I'd like to take a flame thrower to this as well, Al. This might have worked if it stuck 2 its guns (&Al's character stuck 2 his), but the film wants everyone to leave w/ a smile on their face even going so far as 2 give Pacino's magically-improved, rancid old crank a literally out-of-nowhere love interest. Then there's the movie's assinine message: don't snitch even if it means protecting jerks who use you.
Rated 06 Aug 2021
96
97th
9??2017.1.13/??????Tango?????????????????????????/"No mistakes in the tango, not like life. It's simple. That's what makes the tango so great. If you make a mistake, get all tangled up, just tango on."
Rated 28 Dec 2010
70
57th
"Scent of a Woman" works because of Al Pacino. He's absolutely electrifying, a giant igniting each line, shattering you every time he stares with those blind eyes. The film does an admirable job of maintaining the viewer's interest for those two and a half hours and, for the most part, it's pretty great and well-written, although, inevitably, it settles for moralizing and a predictable conclusion. Still, it's worth your time for Pacino, who shines and, man, does he dance.
Rated 21 May 2021
70
47th
Al Pacino's performance takes this whole another level that it actually doesn't deserve with its simple story and filmmaking. However, there are some very iconic and thoughtful moments.
Rated 24 Jun 2013
50
37th
An Ode to Sex. I don't get why Pacino's role in this film is regarded as great - it was over-acted and over-the-top. The whole film was written around his: every other character felt uninspired and unbelievable; the dialogue was written only to force certain replies/reactions from Pacino's character. The second plot of the film was ridiculous. I cringe just thinking about it. The score was over-used too, appearing at the end of every. Single. Scene.
Rated 23 Mar 2014
86
87th
86.000
Rated 30 Mar 2014
90
88th
- 9/4/11 Coming of age film (of Slade, not Charlie!). One of the best monologues I've seen. Pacino is super, superior, superfluous! Almost every word that comes out of Slade's mouth is wicked sharp. - 3/29/14
Rated 06 Aug 2014
85
86th
Hoo-ah!
Rated 03 Dec 2014
2
31st
Some 150 minutes and this is what I get!? A dull and unimaginative Hollywood ending! Pacino does what he does, but I'm not impressed. His Academy Award is clearly some sort of compensation for his previous performances. O'Donnell is just annoyingly shy and silent almost throughout the entire movie. This movie needs patience. - Okay
Rated 13 Dec 2014
13
11th
Pacino delivers one of the most over appreciated Oscar winning performances ever. Greatest actor whose ever lived? Not by a very long shot.
Rated 03 Apr 2015
100
76th
PER-FECT!
Rated 17 Apr 2015
71
77th
Goes on way too long, but Pacino is magic.
Rated 25 Nov 2016
82
34th
1
Rated 22 Jul 2017
85
85th
Al is finally getting up to speed. Kidding, he always was a fine actor, but here he made a little triumph.
Rated 01 Dec 2017
95
93rd
At 1:46:57 & the fact that Colonel was wanting to kill himself(&that thought is looming in his mind),the slight nausea like thing he acts out after the ferrari ride,hit me very hard how difficult it must become for grandparents to keep living on with nothing going on in life&how nauseating it can be if sm1 is contemplating to kill themselves(fully determined) but realizes that that'd be selfish of him&i came to tears realizing the fact that our grandparents maybe are living only for us(children)
Rated 15 Jan 2018
85
68th
Mr.Pacino Rocked as usual...the way he walked..and the charisma he was selling to u...and on the other side ...the kindness and the loneliness he was feeling deep inside...he could make u feel sympathetic.. the speech in school..it was quite right...there are so many things wrong about all educational systems...they make children to be spoiler and pretenders..
Rated 19 Mar 2018
88
70th
It might soar on Al Pacino's performance more than the drama itself, but what a performance it is -- big, bold, occasionally over-the-top, and finally giving the Academy pause to award the star his first Oscar.
Rated 04 Jul 2018
100
96th
Best Pacino act by far. Movie could've gone wrong in many paths. But they managed to stay in the right track. I could've watched this movie just to listen Pacino speak. The musics are great. I really don't know what I like about this movie. (i said some cool stuff before this, but they are not enough to give it 100 points.) I think it just made me feel... alive.
Rated 14 Jul 2018
75
55th
Touchingly harsh
Rated 08 Feb 2019
49
21st
This is awful except for the parts where Al Pacino makes nonsense sounds while staring into space. I think that is a very hilarious way to save a bad movie and feels like a bit from a sketch comedy show or something.
Rated 30 Mar 2019
55
19th
Nothing but the performance of Al Pacino.
Rated 30 Apr 2019
96
81st
My SCORING: 99-96=Great; 95-90=Very good; 89-85=Good; 84-80=So-so; 79-70=Boring; Below 70=Forget it.
Rated 06 Jan 2020
72
29th
very classic. tango scene was good
Rated 30 Mar 2020
89
84th
beautiful, inspiring, humane and the god 'Al Pacino'
Rated 30 Apr 2020
75
42nd
An over-the-top performance from Pacino and an underwhelming one from O'Donnell in this cute movie that should be remade by the Hallmark channel every year.
Rated 10 Jul 2020
90
0th
This movie touches anyone who has a sense of empathy a passion. You just feel for this guy. Great movie.
Rated 16 Dec 2020
71
63rd
What a lovely movie. Pacino, you are unique!
Rated 24 Jan 2021
82
71st
It's an extraordinary movie, an extraordinary Al Pacino. One of the rare movies in which Al Pacino killed his inner Michael Corleone.
Rated 02 Feb 2021
2
31st
Another very overrated Hollywood flick.
Rated 17 Feb 2021
68
17th
Maybe the expectations that I had for this one were a bit too high, but I hated almost every character that I saw. Also the story starts whit nonsense bases: Charlie should look over Al Pacino, not following him on a plane: he is paid to take care of him at home for god's sake. Neither that good or that much bad to be even remembered, I will forgot all of this stuff by the end of the day probably
Rated 04 Feb 2007
65
66th
I suppose it's corny, but the tango scene in Scent of a Woman is one of my favorite of all time.
Rated 26 Mar 2007
81
79th
Al Pacino fucking rocks this movie. Absolutely carries an otherwise "meh" experience. This is basically 30 years ago and I can't stop seeing Chris O'Donnell, even today, as anything but a college kid.
Rated 14 Jun 2007
90
91st
Pacino's best role ever, and one of my favorite films.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
74th
Blind Al Pacino rages against the world for two hours. HoooAhhh!
Rated 21 Jun 2023
77
59th
audiovisual 75 acting 88 overall feeling 68 avg 77
Rated 14 Aug 2007
100
98th
Movies like this (and "The Deat Poet Society") could have only been made in the early 90's late 80's. So naive and touching.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
45th
Pacino is delightful!
Rated 14 Aug 2007
98
97th
Al Pacino. Enough said.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
91
75th
What an awesome and moving film. Pacino is a God.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
36th
Although predictable, it was funny enough and witty enough to pass.
Rated 19 Aug 2007
70
39th
Gabrielle Anwar always does something for me. She's HOT, and her part is too small. Al Pacino is brilliant as always, and Chris O'Donnell nails the smarmy kid, which means he just had to be himself. Could have been a little edgier.
Rated 23 Aug 2007
92
97th
Excellent
Rated 15 Feb 2023
60
58th
eng; [scent of a woman]; ein junger student möchte einem blinden veteranen helfen, doch dieser nimmt ihn mit auf einen unerwartet luxuriösen Ausflug in die Großstadt.;
Rated 17 Sep 2007
75
79th
Flawed but entertaining and very well acted.
Rated 08 Oct 2007
100
99th
A very charismatic movie, with a sensational cast, obviously detaching Al Pacino perfect in his acting. A very pretty story.
Rated 26 Oct 2007
90
96th
I enjoyed this movie a lot. It was a touching story of a boy learning to be a man from a man learning to live his life the way he should.
Rated 16 Dec 2007
90
43rd
Al Pacino, quando fa lo stronzo, lo adoro!
Rated 01 Apr 2008
85
86th
Though it isn't something I can watch often, there are days where its the perfect Saturday afternoon movie.
Rated 17 Sep 2008
60
89th
Pacino!
Rated 16 Aug 2022
60
25th
Suchapoonhoundlol+suicideplan+daywestoplookindaywedie+stopshimfromshooting+comestohishearing-stillwontratthemout-fuckyoutoo!etclool-lmaosocorny/works/hitsitoffwithstaffwomanlol
Rated 04 Oct 2008
89
87th
Pacino is positively on fire here. Remarkable Hollywood movie that delves deep into the seriousness beneath the surface. It does not shy away at all. Love it.
Rated 09 Dec 2008
95
0th
My fav movie. Pacino is absolutely delightful.
Rated 19 Feb 2009
80
68th
I enjoy this film, but the description Harlan Ellison used for _A Room with a View_ also applies to this picture: it is "cunningly manipulated commercially to win an Oscar for its scenarist"
Rated 28 Feb 2009
89
88th
Maybe the best Paccino movie
Rated 27 Mar 2009
84
38th
Oooh- haaah! Smells like a winner....
Rated 21 Apr 2009
94
61st
A good warm and fuzzy movie, Pacino was the bomb...again!
Rated 08 Jun 2009
96
96th
Pacino's overacting in this movie still shivers my spine. Frank Slade is one of the most remarkable characters in Al Pacino's career. It was a deserved oscar won in 93. It's curious to see Chris O'Donnel and Phillip Seymour Hoffman in their youth with outstanding performances. IMHO, the remake is in a higher level than the original one(1974).
Rated 10 Jun 2009
76
82nd
Pacino takes O'Donnell under his wings and teaches him how to be a man. And the best part is we get to watch!
Rated 04 Aug 2009
50
10th
A too obvious and sappy score and many instances of shittiness. Decent anti-snitching message, though.
Rated 21 Aug 2009
80
43rd
Great movie for a young man to see or even for an older man. It has a lot of things going for it and it's definitely a must see.
Rated 04 Sep 2009
80
88th
Al pacino as 'the blind teacher'.
Rated 09 Jan 2010
60
42nd
Too long by at least half an hour. Too sentimental an ending by half as well. Pacino was good but, in my opinion, not as good as the reviews suggest.
Rated 02 Feb 2010
76
31st
Less than its reputation.
Rated 22 Aug 2010
44
54th
#00s(e)#, liked, oldies(2) }*{ #90s(e)#, story, reviews, A Pacino.
Rated 22 Sep 2010
69
73rd
Entertaining enough although O'Donnell is always terrible. If you can accept the caricature Pacino is, you will be entertained.
Rated 27 Sep 2010
82
41st
One of Pacino's finest performances,in a moving film,which sometimes get too melodramatic.
Rated 21 Nov 2010
80
55th
Al Pacino at his screamiest -- "hou ah!"
Rated 29 Nov 2010
75
89th
Oh Pacino! One of the rare times he played a different character and aced it.. O'Donnell was shit as always but Pacino! What a fuckin' performance. Other then that, it was great until the end, the ending was still a good watch a bit too cheesy after such depressing events.. We didn't have to feel that good.. That's where it lost the points.. But the dialogues were freakishly good..
Rated 16 Jan 2011
90
88th
The last 15 minutes gives me chills every time.
Rated 19 Feb 2011
62
23rd
When AP corrected buddy on military saluting, I was like, ok: Fuck-off. Peter Serafinowicz's "stand-in" parts, though, were "top shelf". ("Limpy's got cancerrrrrr!!!!")
Rated 25 Feb 2011
70
69th
ah, americans. they can't just have a war vet in a movie without him giving a court speech on morale and integrity, even when war crippled him and he was drinking, whoring and suiciding 5 minutes ago. the whole subplot about charles' predicament and its feelgood outcome felt fake to me. al pacino pretty much steers this into safe waters by being exceptional in every scene, acting like a force of nature, unpredictable, yet kind-hearted. and that tango scene with gabrielle anwar...what a woman.
Rated 19 Jul 2011
14
50th
smells like a asshole
Rated 30 Oct 2011
87
78th
Totally brought out on Al Pachino's neck. Pity that Oskar, well deserved decades ago, was given to the Legend after Scent...
Rated 16 Nov 2011
4
88th
Only reason this movie is so good, is Al Pacino.
Rated 20 Jan 2012
79
32nd
A great story with some amazing dialogue and one of Pacino's more memorable speeches.
Rated 30 Jan 2012
86
83rd
86.250
Rated 02 Feb 2013
88
44th
A tale of joy and strength
Rated 09 Apr 2024
20
1st
Omg is this boring. Hallmark movies are more entertaining with more believable acting.
Rated 22 Feb 2014
50
27th
One of our best terrible movies.
Rated 23 Feb 2014
90
87th
90 points with not counting the cliche ending.
Rated 19 Nov 2014
85
40th
Pacino getting an Oscar was long overdue but for this shlock? Let alone over Downey for Chaplin? Goddamn you, Art Carney. Points docked for being a harbinger of the Milquetoast Problems Of The Wealthy era.
Rated 29 Mar 2015
65
58th
3.26/5
Rated 04 May 2016
82
76th
Every scene without Al Pacino in it is lame and boring. Luckily, he is in nearly every single scene, and he is so good that the movie is actually great!
Rated 05 Nov 2016
100
84th
Man, I have no words...
Rated 25 Feb 2018
95
85th
A-
Rated 21 Feb 2019
95
82nd
that was great. the tango scene was lovely.. and al pacino... he was... hou ah!
Rated 30 Apr 2021
58
21st
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